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Parque Nacional Laguna Blanca - Other Activity Zapala - Argentina

From Zapala, follow route 46 through the park. Established as a national park in 1940, the 11,200 hectares that make up the park Laguna Blanca have been providing wildlife with a safe refuge for the past 70 years. The Lake itself takes up 1,700 hectares and is well-known for the abundant and diverse animals that live there. In particular, the black-necked swan is especially rare, but other interesting bird species found here include the red-gartered coot, the kelp gull, flamingos, plovers, sandpipers, grebes silver, and the Patagonian mockingbird. The park's vegetation evolved over a long period of time to adapt to harsh weather conditions, such as droughts in the summer months, snow in the winter months, and strong winds throughout the year. Surrounded by desert vegetation, lakes, sand, and snow-capped mountains in the background, Parque Nacional Laguna Blanca is a beautiful and unique place to go hiking. Visitors can go fishing but they must acquire a permit from the park's visitor office along Ruta 46 first.

Additionally, the park is known for its wealth of archeological sites where many Mapuche artifacts have been found. Ancient graves and tools, such as pottery fragments, arrowheads, and pestles have been uncovered and can be seen within the park. Visitors should take care to bring enough water because there is not water for sale in the park, and water from the park must be boiled before consumption. Similarly, there is no food for sale in the park, so visitors will either go hungry or have to return to Zapala to get food if they do not bring it into the park. Tourists can either pitch a tent in the park or head back to Zapala to spend the night. Be sure to visit the nearby Araucaria forests, which are made up of the beautiful monkey puzzle trees, on your way out of the park.


Zapala, Argentina

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11 Aug 2010

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